Oh, dear family of faith in Christ Jesus ~ I want to give you rest in faith in Christ’s finished work on the cross for the sins of all people who have faith in Him, that we are forever safe in Him as His Word tells us:
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him shall never perish, but have everlasting life.”
Part of that believing in Him is believing that He is able to keep us forever His and forever safe from the flesh and the enemy of this world.
Everyone struggles with living perfect according to the law as even the Apostle Paul shared and Jesus understands that and that is why He has given us rescue on the cross from that expectation and His Holy Spirit at work in our hearts to “will and act according to His purpose.” The Apostle Paul was well known as a follower of Christ, but he still struggled with the flesh at times and he shared his heart that it was not his heart to sin as he wrote:
“I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.”
“But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin that dwells in me. I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good. For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.”
In this battle with the flesh, here is the good news:
“There is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according the Spirit.”
If we have a heart for our Father, we have a heart that agrees with Jesus about sin and it is different from that of Satan and his demons who believe in Christ and shudder at the thought of Him!!! They want no part of him and that contrasts and sets apart Christians as the Bride of Christ from the evil one!!!
I find our Father’s reassurance to His children of faith important because there are false teachers that preach you can lose your salvation. Jesus will not let that happen and we can trust Him when He says that the gates of Hades will not prevail against His church. You and I children of faith in Him are His church and we are robed in His righteousness forevermore!!!
He tells us this in His Word speaking of His sacrifice on the cross for us:
“but, He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD, WAITING FROM THAT TIME ONWARD UNTIL HIS ENEMIES BE MADE A FOOTSTOOL FOR HIS FEET. For by one offering, He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified (set apart for Him).”
If we are not an enemy of the cross, but a believer in Christ, we are forever safe in the hands of Jesus and forever set free in Christ as this song says here. YAY!!!
Oh sweet Jesus is everything that is true, right, good, love and all powerful to help us and keep us forever His!!! His know His voice and seek to follow Him, trusting and resting in the freedom from the Law of God by His grace as sufficient for us to watch over us and keep us forever with Him in the journey towards home!!!
He is able to not let anything separate us from Him, not even things that are in the present, someday to be all gone!!!